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Weber State softball gets series sweep with 9-4 win over SUU

Landi Hawker snags a ball on the center field fence in the game against Southern Utah.
Landi Hawker snags a ball on the center field fence in the game against Southern Utah.
Robert Casey

OGDEN — Weber State softball came out with a clean 3-0 series sweep over Southern Utah with a 9-4 victory over the T-Birds Saturday afternoon.

Coach Mary Kay Amicone said, "I just love the way we answered back today. We put up two or three runs at a time and made it an even ball game. We stayed relentless. Again, Addie Jensen pitched a great game. Landi Hawker stole three or four runs. It was great to see the team work together and answer back offensively and close out the series."

To start the game off, Southern Utah loaded up the bases and SUU's Kendall Kapitzke hit one long over the fence for a grand slam. The T-Birds had a quick 4-0 lead over WSU.

In the bottom of the first, WSU was able to answer back with one run for a 4-1 score after one complete inning.

Weber State found its offensive fire in the second inning. Faith Hoe and Brooke Moeai both got on base to start things off. Lauren Hoe came up and laid down a perfectly executed bunt while Faith Hoe snuck in and scored the first run of the inning for WSU.

Sydney White rocked a double to score two runs for WSU. Hawker also got a single for an RBI right before Chloe Camarero bounced a ball off the right-center fence for a triple. By the end of the second inning, WSU had tied and surpassed SUU in scoring at 6-4.

In the third inning, Jensen came into pitch for the Wildcats with runners on first and second. She then struck out one batter and the Wildcat defense pulled out two more outs to prevent any T-Birds from scoring.

Defensively, in the fourth inning, Southern Utah had a runner in scoring position and WSU had two outs. SUU's Dream Weaver hit a ball deep into center field and it was going over the fence and out of the ball park when Hawker jumped up and stuck her glove out to snatch the ball, robbing Weaver of a home run. Hawker's catch prevented SUU from scoring yet again.

Hawker led off for the Wildcats in the bottom of the fourth with a single up the middle. She was able to steal second, putting herself in scoring position. Ashlyn Visser hit a single into right field and Hawker went on to score. Later in the inning, Lauren Hoe hit a single for two RBIs and after four complete innings of action, WSU had a 9-4 lead over SUU.

In the top of the fifth inning, Hawker tracked and caught another ball off the top of the fence to spark WSU's defensive momentum. Weber State went on to finish out the game leaving SUU scoreless for the final six innings. WSU claimed the win and the three-game series sweep with the 9-4 victory on the day.

Weber State finished the game with 11 hits, nine runs and nine RBIs. WSU had just two strikeouts on the day, drew four walks and left eight runners stranded on base.

Kate Donaldson started in the circle for WSU and faced 13 batters. She gave up three hits and four runs and got two strikeouts.

Jensen came in during the third inning and pitched the remainder of the game for WSU. She gave up just two hits in five innings. She ended the day with two strikeouts and walked just three batters.

Weber State is now 15-17 overall on the season and remains undefeated in Big Sky action with a 7-0 record. The Wildcats are on an eight-game winning streak.

Weber State will finish up a seven-game homestand by hosting Utah Valley on Tuesday, April 9 before hitting the road to Idaho State for another three-game Big Sky Series.